Donald Trump is about to get his “Rocky IV” moment. Either he is going to train in the Siberian snow while an 80’s music montage plays and return in glory to defeat Hillary Clinton (“He’s not human, like a piece of iron!”) or he’s going to implode.
Most Republican insiders are betting on implode. The POLITICO Caucus, “a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in 11 swing states” has a message for Trump: Get Out.
A stunning 70 percent would like to see Trump quit the race. No candidate in history (of either party) has ever been this unpopular among their own. It’s literally unprecedented, like everything about Trump’s cult.
“I’d rather take our chances with nearly anyone else than continue with this certain loser who will likely cost the Senate and much more,” said a New Hampshire Republican — who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously.
“The effect Trump is having on down-ballot races has the potential to be devastating in November,” added a Florida Republican. “His negative image among Hispanics, women and independents is something that could be devastating to Republicans. Trump’s divisive rhetoric to the Hispanic community at large has the potential to be devastating for years to come.”
Most of the survey respondents don’t think Trump will go. Leon Wolf summed it up nicely.
But come, I will level with you: Donald Trump is not going anywhere until November. End of story. He’s not going to quit, and none of you are going to force him out of the race. The idea that Trump can be talked out of three more months of his face constantly being on television for any reason at all is absolute wishcasting. The idea that any mechanism exists at this point for removing him from the ballot in favor of some other candidate is just not factual.
Trump thinks he will roar back for the win. Though anything is possible, depending on unicorns, rainbows, ISIS attacks, race wars, mass shootings, Russian hackers, or general chaos to win is at best delusional.
At worst, it’s the mark of a man who will crush American democracy with an iron gauntlet; who despises our laws, despises our allies, despises everything but the blood and soil he proclaims to love. If there’s a way for Trump to exit with his ego intact, now would be the time for that fake health issue (hey, bone spurs, right?) to pop up.
But I’m afraid we’re stuck riding this bomb to detonation.